Are Trash Rates Slated To Go Up Across OC? Stanton, Laguna Hills Tackle Issue This Week, Other Cities to FollowVoice of OC
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Stanton officials will be pondering possible increases in trash quota this week, while Laguna Hills officials could increase their payments to a trash consultant by hundreds of thousands of dollars – decisions that could impact residents and businesses in both cities.
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While cities like Santa Ana are in the process of negotiating their next decade-long city-wide waste disposal deal, Stanton is about to amend its existing deal this week in a way that increases population rates but decreases that for businesses.
In the meantime, Laguna Hills will increase the cost of a Garbage transport advisor Contract on more than half a million dollars – while you choose not to reopen the contract to see if others Companies might offer the city a different price.
On Tuesday, officials there will vote to extend the term of their contract with waste consultancy EcoNomics and raise the price by $ 248,000 – from $ 330,000 to $ 578,000.
EcoNomics is commissioned to support the city in fulfilling government-prescribed recycling and waste requirements and to support the city in negotiations with its contractually agreed city-wide waste shippers, CR & R, on how, among other things, the state requirements can be included in the services of CR & R .
In their report to the city council, Staff say it is not advisable to switch consultants as EcoNomics is “very familiar” with the city’s garbage contracts and would disrupt the consultant’s progress in drafting new city ordinances to comply with new state laws aimed at reducing pollution.
“Employees believe that if a competitive tendering process is initiated, the cost of solid waste advisory services and recycling will increase,” the report said, “especially given the amount of work required” to address new government regulations and the process to be implemented for the city The next 10-year city-wide garbage contract is to begin in 2024.
Santa Ana officials have already entered the negotiation phase. Four bidding companies are vying for the largest and most lucrative contract in the city. Currently, Waste Management, Inc. is the city’s contracted waste shipper. CR & R is one of these bidders.
Choosing a new contractor in this city could either cut residents’ garbage rates by up to $ 5 per month or increase it by up to $ 6 per month.
Santa Ana City Council members unanimously voted this month to move forward with the companies in a contract negotiation phase that is expected to extend March to May, with a final council decision in June and the start of the new garbage collection services for July next year.
In Stanton, councilors will finalize on Tuesday the changes they approved earlier this month to the city’s contract with their waste handler, who is also CR&R.
The caravan service (moving garbage cans outside of homes) is moving from a two-car system to a three-car system, with one third for recyclable materials and then an additional $ 3.40 monthly fee for processing the added new waste at an additional processing location.
City officials provide the prices for in a report attached to the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting Recycling and organic services at local businesses in the city are set at “75% of the bin fees”.
“The fees for commercial garbage cans will be reduced from 10% to 15% depending on the type of service,” adds the employee report. Essentially, garbage service fees will go down for local businesses, but will go up for residents.
The council members already approved the changes on February 9th. On Tuesday they will finalize the changes with another vote.
According to employees, CR&R has been transporting garbage and recyclables in Stanton for 26 years. The contract, first negotiated in 1990, was adapted in 2012 and changed twice in 2015 and 2016.
Brandon Pho is a Voice of OC reporter and corps member on Report for America, a GroundTruth initiative. Contact him at [email protected] or on Twitter @photherecord.